Lavish, over-the-top, a page-turner,
this is the mother lode of all coffee table books in
all its over-sized reach and grandeur.
In "The World In Vogue People Parties Places"
(Knopf, $75.00, 390 pages and 300 illustrations in
black-and-white and full color) page after page vies
for one's attention.
We are there for the glamorous weddings of the
beautiful and not so beautiful people, there to gaze
at the 540 masked partygoers at the Black and White
Ball Truman Capote threw at the Plaza hotel for
Katharine Graham, there to appreciate all kinds of
gardens ranging from Corfu to East Hampton.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, there are
literally hundreds of thousands of adjectives,
nouns, verbs, adverbs and preposition tossed out at
us. With an intro by Hamish Bowles and edited by
Alexandra Kotur this singular and terrific tome
focuses in different sections on The Women, The
Parties, The Actresses, The Places, the Muses and
There is even a poignant full page 1969 shot taken
by Richard Avedon of Ali MacGraw, posed barefooted,
as she was poised for her role in Love Story. MOST
In words and especially in pictures "The World In
Vogue People Parties Places" is a love of a book!
"The Second City Unscripted" by Mike
Thomas (Villard, $26.00, 288 pages) is exciting oral
history featuring voices like Alan Arkin, Robert
Klein, Richard Kind, Bonnie Hunt, Rachel Dratch and
quite a few more. Just in time for the legendary and
world famed Chicago comedy theater's 50th
anniversary - "The Second City Unscripted" takes the
readers behind the scenes to hear the stories from
stars, creators and admirers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.